BY ALEXANDRIA ROSALES
Photo courtesy of COD Athletics.
Despite a slow start to their season, March 9 was a clean sweep for beach volleyball at COD with a win, 5-0 against the Glendale Vaqueros and a win, 5-0 against the Victor Valley Rams.
The matches took place at the Civic Center Park in Palm Desert which recently opened to the Roadrunners as their new home arena. The five teams of the Roadrunners matched up against the Vaqueros then the Rams with a smack down that altered their overall record intensively, to being 3-3 overall.
With a 3-3 record, the Roadrunners indefinitely came out from under since their first game on Feb.23, where they were cleaned by the Orange Coast Pirates, 5-0 and the Riverside City Tigers, 4-1.
With courtesy of COD Athletics, recollection of the day at the Pirates Quad consisted of “hard fought matches in gusty winds” by the Roadrunners who did not back down from playing competitively.
Sophomore Marisol Ruiz and Sophomore Alysha Garcia got their team a win against the Tigers with a win in all but one set, 21-17, 14-21 and 17-15, however the team of Freshman Naomi Garcia-Marquez and Freshman Emily Sundback lost in their sets with a win 21-19 in the first set, then fell in the second set 21-11, then came close in the third set, losing 17-15.
Against the Pirates, the roadrunners fell in all 5 matches with team Garcia-Marquez and Sundback ending it close losing, 21-18 and 21-19 and the team of Freshman Baylie Dashner and Freshman Brooke Topliff also coming close falling at 22-30, then got knocked down by the Pirates 21-13 in the last set.
The Roadrunners got their first win of the 2018 season on March 2 at the Irvine Valley Quad against Saddleback. Ending with a three match-winning lead, 4-1.
Freshman Ashtyn Lyneis and Freshman Nicole Svoboda brought home their team’s first win against the Gauchos with successful sets 21-19 and 21-12. The Roadrunners did excellent in the four other matches which resulted in a positive change in their overall record to 1-2.
Later that day, the Roadrunners went up against Santa Ana with the team of Garcia-Marquez and Sundback falling 21-17 in the first set then won the Dons 21-8 in the second set, then came close in the last set losing, 15-13. The Roadrunners finished the day with a loss against the Gauchos 3-2, resulting in 3 losses and 1 win to their overall record.
Next matches for the Roadrunners will be their second week for the PCAC matches on March 23 at the Granada Beach Courts in Long Beach against Rio Hondo, El Camino and Mt. San Antonio at Belmont Shore. Come see our Lady Roadrunners spike for wins as well as fight to finish with an improved record this week.